On this episode I speak with Gisele Karekezi, one of my long time friends and we discuss how she went from a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and African Studies to the Technology world.
01:45 – Gisele’s initial interest in science and how the Obama election influenced her views on politics and media representation
06:00 – How she kinda fell into a hackathon to organizing the largest wearables and IoT (internet of things) hackathon.
10:45 – We talk about how you can be in the tech world, without being a software engineer, and how access to information is everything!
12:30 – The importance of having a digital footprint, owning your story, and reaching your audience digitally.
19:00 – How she transitioned from organizing a hackathon into doing it full-time, and how volunteering can help you build your brand and expand your network
23:00 – Your passport matters
[Luck is when Preparation Meets Opportunity]
26:00 – Working for early stage startups gives you agency and you can see how your decisions impact the organization directly
29:00 – What motivates and drives her, and how we can take it and try to apply it to an “African” context
35:00 – On the importance of having people say our last names and some of the challenges that Gisele has experienced in the space
Tune in next Wednesday for Part 2, where Gisele will continue speaking about why we need more Black people, especially Africans, in technology.
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